Ever drive past manicured subdivisions with enticing tennis courts and say to yourself: "Boy, I sure wish I could play tennis for free"?
You can. Orange County and many of its communities offer free courts to residents and nonresidents alike. (So do other counties, but that's for another time.) If a court is listed below, it's free unless noted. The county and cities assured me that to play, you do not need to show an ID. Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org if that turns out to be incorrect.
All free courts in Orange are mapped at this site.
Orange CountyFree-courts map here:
The Orange parks with tennis are free except Fort Gatlin Recreation Complex and Shadow Bay Park. They are:
Barnett Park, 4801 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32808
Blanchard Park, 2451 N. Dean Road, Orlando, FL 32817
Fort Christmas Historical Park, 1300 Fort Christmas Road, Christmas, FL 32709
Orlo Vista Park, 1 N. Powers Drive, Orlando, FL 32835
Turnbull Park, 4941 Turnbull Drive, Orlando, FL 32812
Warren Park, 3406 Warren Park Road, Orlando, FL 32812
Chapin Station (West Orange Trail), 501 Crown Point Cross Road, Winter Garden, FL 34787
Wheatley Park, 2 W. 18th St., Apopka, FL 32703
Goldenrod Park, 4863 N. Goldenrod Road, Goldenrod, FL 32792
Info on Fort Gatlin's rates: fortgatlintennis.com
Shadow Bay Park courts are $6 per hour.
ApopkaThe city has no free courts, but you can get info on its court fees here.
Belle IsleThere are no public courts in the city.
EatonvilleFree-courts map here:
Elizabeth Park, 100 S. West Ave.
Edgewood There are no public courts -- in fact, there aren't even any public parks.
MaitlandThere are no free courts. For information on courts with fees, go here.
OaklandFree-courts map here:
Speer Park, 331 N. Tubb St.
OcoeeFree-courts map here:
Parkside Coventry Park, 2730 Coventry Lane
Tiger Minor Park, 401 Geneva St.
OrlandoFree-courts map here:
Blue Jacket Park, 2501 General Rees Ave.
Delaney Park, 1055 Delaney Ave.
Dover Shores Community Center, 1400 Gaston Foster Road
Gilbert McQueen Park, 650 W. Lake Mann Drive
Ivey Lane Recreation Site, 291 Silverton St.
John H. Jackson Community Center, 1002 Carter St.
Lorna Doone Park, 1519 W. Church St.
Mayor Carl T. Langford Park Neighborhood Center, 1808 E. Central Blvd.
Orlando Sports Campus, 798 S. Rio Grande Ave.
Orlando Tennis Centre, 649 W. Livingston St.Free Fridays 3 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; must pay at other times. Info on fees is here.
Rosemont Community Center, 4872 Rose Bay Drive
WindermereThe town has courts for residents, who must pay a fee. Nonresidents must be accompanied by a resident to play.
Winter GardenFree-courts map here:
Veteran's Memorial Park, 420 S. Park Ave.
Winter ParkFree-courts map here:
Phelps Park, 1200 N. Phelps Ave.
Cady Way Park, 2535 Cady Way
Winter Park Community Center, 721 W. New England Ave.
Winter Park's Azalea Lane Tennis Center has fees. For info, go hereCopyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun